“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” —Chris Grosser

When it comes to planning dates, there is no shortage of ideas for how to spend money and create fun as a couple. 

However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun. You also don’t have to use not having funds as an excuse to not make date nights happen. 

Let’s start with a fact. When it comes to your marriage, there are so many things that can be a distraction. From not feeling like you should be spending money to constantly being distracted by your phone, the truth is there’s more these days to date night than you may think!

We know that money can often be a limiting factor for couples to do anything, especially those things that might be considered fun or frivolous. Truth be told, investing in your marriage is never frivolous.

Dates are not about how much money you spend on the experience. It’s about you as a couple. Nothing says that the only way you can have fun is to spend a lot of money either. 

Think out of the box!

Is there something that you’ve always wanted to do or something just plain silly that would be fun? You may not realize it, but there are tons of things in your community that cost little to nothing but are loads of fun!

  • Coffee dates where you play cards or games at the coffee shop
  • Camping (ask a friend to borrow a tent!) 
  • Bowling
  • Costco sampling and people watching
  • Games in the Park
  • Hiking
  • Free concerts and more
  • $10 Goodwill trip, each buys an outfit for the other 
  • Go to happy hour/split a meal 

In truth, many things can be a date, you just have to look at it from another perspective! 

Date your spouse. Just like when you first met. Plan, ask questions, connect, and enjoy. 

You may even find that something as simple as getting an ice cream and walking around a local park can turn into a date if you make it one. 

Low cost date ideas do sometimes require more creativity. The goal, however, is not doing the same thing over and over again like sitting across from one another at a table eating. These low cost date ideas also require more connection because the electronics are not involved.

Don’t worry, social media and the TV will still be there when you get home!

555: Dating Your Spouse: Part 1 — What You Expect

557: Dating Your Spouse: Part 2 — Creative Date Ideas

559: Dating Your Spouse: Part 3 — Low Cost Date Ideas

561: Dating Your Spouse: Part 4 — How To Date At Home

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